- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190235527
- ISBN-13: 978-0190235529
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 5.5 inches
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Watching Closely: A Guide to Ethnographic Observation 1st Edition
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"Christena Nippert-Eng usefully reminds us that empirical work of an ethnographic sort begins with, and ultimately rests on, careful, highly disciplined, and reliably documented observation. Watching Closely tells us just how we can accomplish high quality observational work and offers a series of nine clever exercises to help develop and hone our observational skills. Both veteran and wannabe ethnographers will learn from and enjoy Nippert-Eng's often witty treatment of this most fundamental research practice." -John Van Maanen, author of Tales of the Field
"This is an excellent book aimed at a wide audience. Ethnographic methods are used in a range of disciplines, subject areas and settings. This is an excellent contribution as the interactive approach is extremely engaging. Rather than chapters on ethnography as an approach the author has put together nine engaging exercises that take the reader through the issues, concerns and techniques while at the same time assisting them in the development of their imagination and skills as observers. The book is based on a successful course and I can see why the course is successful. Christena Nippert-Eng is an engaging writer who, by using a reflexive and auto-biographical approach, draws in and enthuses the reader.... I know my students would love the book.... This is an excellent contribution."-Kay Peggs, Reader in Sociology, University of Portsmouth
"Short story, I am incredibly enthusiastic about this work.... As an intellectual intervention it is long overdue and as a training manual, it can help make a great difference. I organize my response by the questions present in the cover letter. And I won't repeat yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! though I could.... I don't know of anything like this. Plenty of qualitative methods'texts out there, but the only works on observation I know are precisely for artists, not field workers, or for the general reader (often coffee table books)."-John Levi Martin, Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
"This is a methods book written for qualitative fieldwork. There are many others. They are typically mechanistic lists of do's and don'ts...This one stands alone. It advocates deep empiricism and provides the tools to get there--in a way that other ethnographic texts and methods courses do not. It is directly 'how to' rather than abstract and remote. Perhaps the most remarkable quality stems from Nippert-Eng's extensive observational studies of non-human species, particularly gorillas at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Watching such animals is her 'laboratory' to become acutely aware of behavior in others and she presses students to come up with analogous ways to sharpen their fieldwork skills.... Her book exercises, and accompanying commentary, aim to instill better ways to watch and understand human beings. Bravo. I think there is vast potential here."-Harvey Molotch, Professor of Sociology, New York University
About the Author
Christena Nippert-Eng is a sociologist and Professor of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, and the author of Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries through Everyday Life and Islands of Privacy: Selective Concealment and Disclosure in Everyday Life.
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